The Altair beacon chain improve is able to be activated on the Ethereum mainnet. The improve will go reside at epoch 74240 (Oct 27, 2021, 10:56:23am UTC).
With a view to be suitable with the Altair improve, beacon node operators should replace the shopper model that they run. When you run a validator, you should improve to proceed to comply with the mainnet beacon chain. Failure to take action will lead to downtime penalties.
The variations listed under are help the mainnet Altair improve.
EDIT: The next desk has been edited to reference the most recent Altair shopper releases previous to the mainnet improve. These include safety patches and optimizations so we advocate all customers improve to the most recent variations.
* Shopper releases referenced with an asterisk have been modified because the authentic announcement.
Improve for Validators
Though this improve has been extensively examined if you’re a validator on Mainnet, we strongly advocate being on-line through the time of the improve within the occasion that any unforseen points emerge.
Bug Bounty Bonus
With a view to get extra eyes on the Altair improve, all bounties for vulnerabilities associated to the Altair improve have been doubled between now and 4 weeks after the launch (Nov 27). Important Altair bugs in each purchasers and specs at the moment are value as much as $100k.
See the bug bounty program for extra particulars.
As an Ethereum consumer or Ether holder, is there something I have to do?
This improve is only for the beacon chain consensus mechanism and does not have an effect on end-user accounts, contracts, and state secured by the proof-of-work chain.
When you run your individual beacon node, it’s worthwhile to improve your node. See the “As a non-validator beacon node operator, what do I have to do?”” part under.
As a non-validator beacon node operator, what do I have to do?
Obtain the most recent model of your beacon node shopper, as listed within the desk above.
As a validator, what do I have to do?
Obtain the most recent model of the software program you run, as listed within the desk above. Comply with any directions within the launch and restart your node along with your customary restart process.
Observe, node software program that helps unbiased validator purchasers would require an improve and restart to this element as nicely. Please learn warnings and directions contained within the official releases.
What occurs if I’m a validator or node operator and I don’t take part within the improve?
In case you are utilizing a beacon node shopper that’s not up to date to the most recent model (listed above), your shopper will sync to the pre-fork beacon chain as soon as the improve happens. You’ll be caught on an incompatible chain following the outdated guidelines.
When you run a validator, the validator will likely be unable to take part within the upgraded consensus and can proceed to function on the post-upgrade beacon chain community. This can lead to penalties with respect to the upgraded Mainnet chain.
What occurs throughout a beacon chain community improve?
After the Ethereum group involves an settlement regarding which adjustments must be included within the improve, adjustments to the protocol are written into the varied purchasers. The beacon chain protocol adjustments are activated at a particular epoch quantity. Any nodes that haven’t been upgraded to the brand new ruleset will likely be deserted on the outdated chain the place the earlier guidelines could live on.
After community discussion and emoji voting, shopper groups determined to make use of star names for every improve the place the sequence of improve names are in alphabetical order.
Altair begins with a “A”, is the twelfth brightest star within the evening sky, rotates fairly quickly with an equatorial velocity of 286 km/s, and is the situation of the Forbidden Planet. Fairly cool star in case you ask us.
Big shoutout to all the researchers, engineers, and group members which have put an unbelievable quantity of labor into this primary beacon chain community improve.
Now, onward to the Merge 🚀
That is an emergent and evolving extremely technical area. When you select to implement the suggestions on this put up and proceed to take part, it is best to ensure you perceive the way it impacts you. You need to perceive that there are dangers concerned together with however not restricted to dangers like surprising bugs. By selecting to implement these suggestions, you alone assume the dangers of the results. This put up and suggestions should not a sale of any variety, and don’t create any warranties of any variety together with however not restricted to something associated to the Ethereum community, or the Ethereum purchasers referred to herein.